The Atlanta Braves placed third baseman Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Monday and still aren’t sure how long their team leader will be out.
Jones left Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh when he re-injured his left foot. He was examined by Dr. Joe Chandler, the team orthopedist, on Monday and was scheduled to see a foot specialist and have an MRI today.
“He needs to rest it and if he needs surgery he’ll have surgery,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said before the game against the Los Angeles Angels. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Braves called up third baseman Andy Marte from Triple-A Richmond. Marte was hitting .276 and led the team with nine homers and 35 RBIs.
Jones said he was prepared to face whatever option is necessary, including surgery.
“It’s not getting any better,” he said. “We need to take a bigger, deeper look at things.”
Carter’s suspension cut
Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ pitcher Lance Carter’s suspension for a beanball battle with Boston in April was cut from five games to three games.
Carter appealed the penalty, and it was reduced by John McHale, executive vice president of administration for Major League Baseball.
Carter’s suspension will start tonight against Cincinnati.
Clearing the bases
Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell will have surgery today on his arthritic right shoulder and may be out for the rest of the season. The rehabilitation is expected to last three months, putting his return this year in doubt. … Rockies manager Clint Hurdle missed the game against the White Sox so he could be with his daughter, who was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day. Bench coach Jamie Quirk took Hurdle’s place. … Cardinals outfielder Roger Cedeno was placed on the 15-day DL with a minor hamstring strain. St. Louis also purchased the contract of outfielder Skip Schumaker from Triple-A Memphis. … The Dodgers placed left-hander Wilson Alvarez on the 15-day DL because of tendinitis in his shoulder. The move is retroactive to May 31. … The Brewers designated right-hander Gary Glover for assignment and purchased catcher Julio Mosquera‘s contract from Triple-A Nashville.
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